FPL Punts of the Week - Gameweek 10

10:31am Oct 26 2017

Is now the time to get Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez in your FPL squad for Gameweek 10?

Our good friend Simon from FPLConnect.blog has returned to Fantasy Football Pundits HQ after a short break away, and boy has he returned in style!

We once again tasked Simon with finding us THREE Fantasy Premier League differentials for Gameweek 10, with an ownership no higher than 5%, who also have tasty fixtures this weekend.

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So, if you’re looking to make up ground in your mini-leagues, or are wanting to try something new, the 3 picks below may be worth your consideration, as each have attractive fixtures for Gameweek 10.

As always, from myself and all at Fantasy Football Pundits, we hope you find this article useful and wish you all the very best of luck for Gameweek 10 and may your arrows be green.

Wilfried Zaha vs. West Ham [3.8%]

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The tricky Ivorian winger returned to a struggling Palace side in GW8 with a bang, as he dazzled the Chelsea back-line with his pace and skill on route to slotting home the winning goal in their surprise 2-1 victory against the champions.

Zaha struggled to make an impact last week at Newcastle, but Rafa has his team well-organised at the back and they’ve only conceded 4 goals at home so far this season.

In contrast, Zaha faces a team this week (West Ham) that are so erratic in terms of their form and certainly aren’t defensively stable – displayed in their latest shocker of a performance, in which they lost 3-0 in front of their own fans to a Brighton side that had only scored 6 goals, going into that game.

West Ham have conceded 11 goals so far on the road, with only Liverpool (15) and Crystal Palace (12) conceding more.

They’re also one of the worst teams on the road for conceding big chances (12) – joint 4th worst with Bournemouth.

Since coming back from injury, Zaha has had 17 penalty area touches and fired in 4 goal attempts, with all of those coming inside the box.

With that in mind, along with the fact that he should be nearing 100% match-fitness, Zaha looks well-set to add to his tally this weekend against a side surely bereft of confidence after their latest lacklustre result and performance.

Riyad Mahrez vs. Everton [3.8%]

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Mahrez started the season well with 3 assists and 2 bonus points in his first 2 games for Leicester, but given the unconfirmed reports suggesting his interest in moving on, you could potentially put that start down to him upping his game to help force a move.

After that, he went the next 5 games without a single attacking return, confirming the thinking about him, that he was only playing well to force a move out of Leicester.

That being said, 3 of those 5 fixtures were against Man Utd (A), Chelsea (H) and Liverpool (H) – tough games for any player.

Now we’re perhaps seeing the true Mahrez, with impressive recent performances demonstrating a potential change in his attitude.

We can’t know for sure where his head is at, in terms of his commitment to Leicester, but what we can see is a marked improvement in performances and attacking output, displayed by the 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 appearances in all competitions.

Everton are up next for Mahrez and whilst they’ve sacked Koeman – hoping that the main problem has now been eradicated – it may take a couple of weeks for this Everton side to get back into shape and playing well again.

I’m not convinced by Mahrez as a long-term asset – his underlying stats aren’t convincing and I still have reservations about his attitude, but for a short-term punt, you simply can’t argue with his recent output and I can’t see Everton flicking a switch this week and suddenly becoming solid at the back.

Leicester have a decent recent record against Everton too, with 4 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses in their last 9 games in all competitions, so that bodes well for the Foxes and in turn, Mahrez, who I can see continuing his recent purple patch with more attacking returns.

Alexis Sánchez vs. Swansea [2.3%]

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He’s back and back to his best.

There were warning signs that he was coming back, but now Sánchez has struck with his first double figure haul of the campaign against Everton, to truly make FPL managers sit up in their seats.

Against Everton, he had 11 penalty area touches, fired in 7 shots, 4 of which were inside the box, as well as a ‘minutes per attempt’ ratio of 12.9.

Granted, Everton were on the verge of losing their manager and the team probably at its lowest point morale wise, nevertheless, Sánchez showed no remorse and took full advantage.

Swansea have been very good defensively on the road, only conceding 1 goal and just 3 big chances, having played decent opposition in Southampton, Spurs, Palace and West Ham.

However, whilst the Swans have been very good away from home defensively, Arsenal have been very good at home offensively; they’ve scored 11 goals, had 85 attempts, created 13 big chances – only City (31) and United (16) have created more – and have the second best ‘minutes per chance’ ratio (4.4) behind only Liverpool (4).

Sánchez will be the key instigator in the majority of their attacking play and with Lacazette, Sánchez and Özil all now playing together, they look a formidable force and one I can’t see the Jacks stopping.

In a week where Kane (41.8% ownership) and Lukaku (54% ownership) are playing against each other and Agüero has just played 120 minutes in the Carabao cup, Sánchez is looking like the stand-out captain candidate this gameweek.

For those FPL managers who have either activated the Free Hit chip or their Wildcard, now could be a brilliant time to bring in last year’s best FPL asset and give him the ammunition in the form of the captain’s armband, to power you past your mini-league rivals.

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